Can you canvass for our 2018 Democratic candidates?

On August 4 we had an excellent kickoff to our joint Lexington/Rockbridge County Democratic canvass for the 2018 election– featuring our terrific candidate for Congress, Jennifer Lewis.

Now we need to keep up that momentum until the November 6 election.

Every study of campaign tactics shows that personal contact with folks through door-to-door canvassing is by far the most effective way to reach, persuade and turn out voters.

Between now and Election Day, Democratic Headquarters in Lexington (11 South Jefferson Street) will be open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon for volunteers who want to pick up canvassing turf packets and to return completed packets. Turfs are available throughout Lexington, Rockbridge County and Buena Vista. You may choose your own territory.

You may also choose between canvassing voters identified as Strong Democrats for the Democratic Party’s Coordinated Campaign for Tim Kaine and Jennifer Lewis (to make sure they know about the election and turn out), or canvassing voters identified as Leaning Democratic and Independent for the Jennifer Lewis Campaign.

If you have any questions, please contact Gene Zitver at gzitver@gmail.com.

Jennifer Lewis fundraiser August 19

Join Jennifer Lewis on Sunday August 19 at Rockbridge Vineyard in Raphine (35 Hill View Lane) from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. to help her raise funds for her campaign for Congress from the Sixth District.

Food Truck – Hogback Mountain BBQ – will be available

Live Music – Lee Martin & the Jive Cowboys

Suggested donations of $10 are payable at the door; additional donations are welcome.

Upcoming events for Democrats

Lexington Democrats are invited to the next meeting of the Rockbridge County Democratic Committee.
DATE: Sunday July 22.
TIME: 5 to 7 p.m.
PLACE: Rockbridge Vineyard, 35 Hill View Lane, Raphine
GUEST SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Lewis, Democratic candidate for Congress, Sixth District
Susan Swecker, chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia
Bruce Sinclair, campaign director, Tim Kaine for Senate
LIVE MUSIC: Lexington/Rockbridge’s own SJ McDonald
FOOD TRUCK: Grillizza Pizza & Food
And on Friday July 27, join Jennifer Lewis and your fellow Democrats to walk or ride  in the South River District Volunteer Fire Department parade in Fairfield from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. If you can participate, please contact Rene Hasey at: rr4382@gmail.com.

Canvass for Jennifer Lewis and Tim Kaine on July 7

If you couldn’t join us for our initial canvass on June 16 (or even if you did), I hope you’ll be able to devote a couple of hours to knocking on doors in Lexington or Buena Vista on Saturday July 7 for our Democratic candidates– Jennifer Lewis for Congress and Tim Kaine for US Senate– in the critical November election.

We will be working in two-hour shifts beginning from Democratic Headquarters in Lexington, 11 South Jefferson Street. You may canvass from noon to 2 p.m. or from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. We will be registering any eligible but unregistered people in the households we visit.

Samantha Litchford, the Democratic party field organizer for the Shenandoah Valley, will be here to provide training and answer any questions you may have.

Future canvasses will include Rockbridge County.

If you can participate, please let Samantha know (including which shift you would prefer). Her email is: samantha.litchford@virginiavictory.org

Can you canvass for Jennifer Lewis and Tim Kaine on Saturday June 16?

Wasting no time, we will launch our first door-to-door canvass (in Lexington) on Saturday June 16 on behalf of our of our Democratic candidates in the November election: Jennifer Lewis for Congress from the Sixth District and Time Kaine for the U.S. Senate.

We will be working in two-hour shifts beginning from Democratic Headquarters in Lexington, 11 South Jefferson Street. You may canvass from noon to 2 p.m. or from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. We will be registering any eligible but unregistered people in the households we visit.

Samantha Litchford, the Democratic party field organizer for the Shenandoah Valley, will be here to provide training and answer any questions you may have.

Future canvasses will cover Rockbridge County and Buena Vista.

If you can participate, please let Samantha know (including which shift you would prefer). Her email is: samantha.litchford@virginiavictory.org.

Thanks.

Lexington/Rockbridge Voter Registration Plan

I want to follow up on our excellent Voter Registration Training Session on April 28 with an update and some opportunities to “hit the bricks” and start registering new voters for the 2018 elections and beyond.

— We are currently registering voters each Wednesday at the Farmers Market in Lexington across the street from Democratic Headquarters, 11 South Jefferson. One-hour or two-hour shifts are available from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Training is also available. If you can help, please contact Pam Grinder at grinfam@aol.com.

— We are registering voters every Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. outside of the Lexington Kroger, 422 East Nelson. We may expand this to other days depending on the response. To volunteer, please contact Daphne Raz at fellowship57@gmail.com.

— We have permission to do registration at the Lexington Police-Community Cookout on Wednesday June 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Richardson Park. If you want to participate, please contact me at gzitver@gmail.com.

— We are exploring the possibilities for helping to register eligible students at Rockbridge County High School. (17-year-olds may register as long as they will be 18 on Election Day November 6.)

— The Washington and Lee College Democrats are planning a voter registration drive in the fall and we will provide any assistance they need.

— The Lexington Democratic Committee will sponsor booths on Sunday July 1 at the Lexington Sunrise Rotary Event at the Virginia Horse Center and on Saturday August 25 at the Rockbridge Community Festival in downtown Lexington.

There are a number of other recurring and upcoming events this spring, summer and fall where we may want to do voter registration:

— The Rockbridge Farmers Market, Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon at the Virginia Horse Center.

— The Glasgow Farmers Market, Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, 10th St and Kanawha St.

— Friday’s Alive, Davidson Park in Lexington, June 1, June 22, June 29, July 13, July 27, 5:30-9 p.m.

— Fairfield Village Summer Celebration, all day Saturday June 16.

— Raphine Fireman’s Carnival, Wednesday-Saturday June 20-23.

— Rock the Bridge, downtown Lexington, Saturday June 23, 5-10 p.m.

— Children’s Bike Parade, downtown Lexington, Wednesday July 4.

— Fairfield Heritage Day, Saturday September 1.

— Rockbridge Regional Fair and Expo, Virginia Horse Center, Thursday-Saturday September 6-8,

If you are interested in volunteering to do voter registration at one or more of these events, or at other events the you are aware of, please let me know.

Finally, the Democratic Coordinated Campaign will be providing us with names and addresses of households in Lexington and Rockbridge County where there are likely unregistered people who are eligible to vote. More information on this to come.

The deadline for registering to vote in the June 12 primary election is May 21. The deadline for registering to vote in the November 6 general election is October 15.

If you need voter registration forms, clipboards, or have any questions or suggestions, please contact me at gzitver@gmail.com.

Thanks.

Gene Zitver, facilitator
Lexington/Rockbridge Democratic Election/Canvass Committee

Democratic Congressional Candidates Forum May 22

The Rockbridge County Democratic Committee In collaboration with the Lexington Democratic Committee will host a forum with the four candidates for the Democratic nomination for Congress from the Sixth District in the June 12 primary.

Date: Tuesday May 22
Location: Virginia Horse Center, 487 Maury River Road

5:15 p.m.: Networking and cash bar
5:30 p.m.: Buffet dinner
6:30 p.m.: Forum with Democratic primary candidates Sergio Coppola, Jennifer Lewis, Charlotte Moore and Peter Volosin.

Dinner purchase of $20 is not required to attend, but dinner RSVPs must be made by May 18 to Lex.RockDems@gmail.com.

In support of recent youth movements nationwide and here in Lexington and Rockbridge County, several Democrats have offered to sponsor the cost of the buffet dinner for any high school seniors who want to attend this event. Please email Michelle Watkins at Lex.RockDems@gmail.com if you know a student who would like to attend or if you would also like to be a sponsor for an attending student.


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